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Grateful Dead Live at Starlight Theater on 1982-08-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Starlight Theater on 1982-08-03

Publication date 1982-08-03 (check for other copies)
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Set 1:
d1t01 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t02 - Franklin's Tower ->
d1t03 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t04 - Peggy-O
d1t05 - El Paso ->
d1t06 - Cumberland Blues
d1t07 - Althea
d1t08 - Cassidy
d1t09 - Big Railroad Blues ->
d1t10 - Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
d1t11 - Might As Well

Set 2:
d2t01 - Shakedown Street ->
d2t02 - Samson And Delilah
d2t03 - To Lay Me Down
d3t01 - Let It Grow ->
d3t02 - Drums ->
d3t03 - Space ->
d3t04 - He's Gone ->
d3t05 - The Other One ->
d3t06 - Stella Blue ->
d3t07 - Sugar Magnolia

d3t08 - Casey Jones


Patch Info:
(FOB/27th Row) Senn 441 -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD supplies
Mississippi Half Step (0:00 - 0:29)
Peggy-O (0:00 - 0:27)
Big Railroad Blues (0:00 - 0:02)
Let It Grow (10:39 - 10:52)
The Other One (6:00 - 6:15)
Stella Blue (6:06 - End Of Show)

-- Can not confirm lineage...I have my doubts
-- 2nd Set disc change is seamless


Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2016
Subject: Love is love, not fade away
Music is personal. Some love it all. Some love jazz. Some love classical. Some love rock. I love it all unless it denegrates women or glorifies violence. But I especially love the Grateful Dead. I even find flashes of brilliance in 1995 when a sick and dying Jerry was giving us all he had to give. Even at their worst--and there were some awful shows over the decades-- there was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert! Love and kinship abounded. So let's remember our commonalities and love of America's greatest band. #BeKind #AINTNOTIMETOHATE

As for this show, a highlight from summer of 1982. Along with Iowa City, my favorite from the 6 shows I caught that summer.

Oh to be 23 again, still in grad school, and having the luxury of time and lack of real world responsibilities. Able to hop in the car and catch a few shows around this fantabulous country.

So whether you think this is the best show ever, or a dog, or just a good show for the era, be grateful it happened at all. Just like life, nothing is certain. So appreciate life and all it has given you. Especially the opportunity to have experienced the Grateful Dead. Lord knows my life is better for having gone to shows from 74 to 95 and beyond. A lifetime of great friends and wondrous memories. And as 60,000 of us chanted leaving Soldier Field after the 3rd Fare Thee Well show...... love is love, NOT FADE AWAY!
Reviewer: kbmill - - February 9, 2016
Subject: bread crumb
too busy to get philosophical. I have this show as an audience on tape. It was part of a very special summer of 1982. I think history will look favorably on this period for the band - the same kind of self-aware confidence that 1977 exhibits.
Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2015
Subject: niass200
me thinks you are being sarcastic and facetious. dayjob?? 2/13/70 a drag?? the greek dark star from 84 was one of the better ones as far as being melodic from post nassau 79 which is in my opinion the best post 74 dark star. new years 81 was cool quadruple Jerry whammy!! goin down the road- morning dew. dark star - bertha !! if you really liked day job they played it a LOT from 8/28/82 thru 84 then less so until its demise. 83/84 you could always count on one night 'hell in a bucket, next night bro esau, night after night as well as 82trading off ccrider and rooster night after night with bob's headache slide guitar break too!. too bad the SBD recording of this show isnt better. the show has its moments cumberland though phil is lackluster. good stella for the period with a good outro guitar break
Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2015
Subject: old man I is now old man II and III and IV
yes its true I am now the old man here, and I say that this show can never ever compare with, what was it, Philly 1984 4/19-20-21 where they played wharf rat twice. So, as such without Day Job how could any show be good. As such all shows after 1989 and before 1986 were garbage, since their only good song is day job. Oh well. I would never want to see a show with some thing like here comes sunshine or a real darkstar versus the bird songy thing on 7/13/84.2/13/70 must have been a drag, but the best show ever was actually at Woodstock. The vocals were excellent, and the high time is better than 11/7/85. So old man, youve been trumped. Instead of seeing them at a small venue with 200 people, join us with 800,000 and see the band from 3 miles away in section 840 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey of all places without Pigpen, Donna, Keith, or jerry, and wait for a estimated to prove something that can't yet be proven. I promise you will never want to see them again. Now back to that 6/30/74 thing, wish they would play springfield this year, whomever they are. Bob etc. and someone.
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2014
Subject: Now I'm Gone
Everyone has their favs, but in this case, He's Gone was long and funky, just like it should be. Get yourself one good spliff & enjjoy Jerry & the boys.
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2014
Subject: Miller Masterpiece
Charlie --

This sounds fantastic and what a show. Mississippi Half-Step, Franklin's, To Lay Me Down, Cumberland, Big RR Blues, none of those were standard fare for 1982 and they were playing really, really well during the Summer 82 tour.

Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2014
Subject: beedub..I wish I could be just like you..yawn!
Great sound again Mr Miller!! Crisp and Clear..This show is a barn burner!!!! Listened a couple of times and I think I'm in please>GIVE IT A WHIRL..Some Are Grateful>Summer Dead!!!
Reviewer: BananaHammock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2014
Subject: A fine show for the era
I personally prefer to write and read reviews that are in the context of the era, but that's just me. This is a fine show from a very fine tour for the early-80s incarnation of the greatest band on earth.

Now, as for the debate on this page, both sides are half right and half wrong, I think. I certainly agree that the best years of Grateful Dead music are from the 60s and 70s, and even though I was too young to see them then (my first was in high school, in 1985) I'm well aware that in the early years there was a personal, musical and psychedelic intensity that goes beyond what we experienced later. So in that sense the crotchety old guy is right.

Where he's wrong is that he came off like a condescending jerk while doing it. It's not just what you say, but how you say it.

There's a significant subjective component to music appreciation, and also a very real objective one. I can't understand people who say that the early 80s are just as good as the early 70s (or better, as a few even claim), and in many cases there are objective reasons to say they're wrong...some of it depends on what you like...but all of this nonsense could be avoided if people would just learn to talk about "my favorite" or "I prefer this over that" instead of just saying What It Is.

None of us are qualified to do that. If you don't get that everyone's POV on the Dead is valid on some level, I can guarantee that you're completely missing the point, because this is something Garcia himself hammered over and over in interviews.

Bottom line - if you like this era of Dead you'll probably like this show, and if not, not. If you don't know, check it out, it's an above average representation of the period and a fine example of the style of the time.

Enjoy, and peace
Reviewer: beedub - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2013
Subject: Bitter or realistic?
It seems to me that the 'old man' wasn't bitter at all; he's just making an observation. It's my guess that the negative reaction to his comments stem from INEXPERIENCE. I saw them 175 or 180 times, yes, but the best part of my GD experience is that I saw them almost every year over a 25 year period (5-15-70, Kirkwood Community College through the St. Louis shows before the final Chicago shows). Those of you who are criticizing him, did you see a bunch (about 85 or 90 for me) of shows between '70 and '78 or '79? I'm here to tell you that if you had, you'd know FROM EXPERIENCE that after that the boys never really played the same way that gave them their reputation. Did they play great shows after '79? Sure, on occasion, but never were they the force that they were in earlier years. It's not being bitter, people, it's reality. Thanks for letting me share, BW
Reviewer: deadhead#1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2013
Subject: jewel of the summer tour
as another old timer, I was on tour that summer and this was the most memorable show from that tour. a full moon, the starlight amphitheater, great crowd and beautiful venue. The sound was great there and Jerry was on and singing and playing beautifully. A real jewel of a show capped with a honkin casey jones encore! loved it!
Reviewer: Faust_er - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2012
Subject: Don't be bitter, old man
Comments like yours detract from the spirit of the general conversation about Grateful Dead music that has been ongoing for so many years now. Why the need to insult people? Why the sanctimoniousness?

Not everyone worships at the same altar as you. Please spare us the trotting out of the old sacred cow that no performance outside of '68 through '74 (or wherever you put the bookends) can ever be considered as good as one inside of those dates.

Take a piece of music like the Stranger from 7-17-89. Jerry's solo is jazz, and it is masterful. He hints at an idea, then goes off to pursue another related but clearly distinct musical idea, then returns to the original riff and nails it home. It is nothing like a scorching Viola Lee solo from '68 or a mind-melting '72 Dark Star, but it is no less good.

If you don't think that the '80s have some great playing by Jerry, some of it up there with his best, even if different, I feel sorry for you. Perhaps you need to expand your listening mind.

This show has some great playing. Maybe not Earth-shattering, as Dead shows go, nonetheless a great band in great form.
Reviewer: oldmanlewis - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2012
Subject: Jerry's best??
This was a good fun show. The Stella Blue was nice, as was To Lay Me Down. A wonderful selection of Jerry tunes......but you gotta be a twelve year old to think this is the best Stella and To Lay me Down ever, PLEASE! And, the Stella Blue is not cut, it just loses levels. If you think '82 has Jerry's best work ever you must be a Phish fan who never actually saw Jerry live!
Reviewer: caoconno - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2010
Subject: True Gem
Fantastic show front to back, had this one on tape for years (AUD source) that saw a lot of play.

This is a "Jerry" night in so many ways (Althea, PeggyO, Big RxR) despite a somewhat shot voice, the playing is consistently awesome, on point, on time, and inspired.

highlights (so many):
Mississippi -> Franklins (across the river grandeo and the ->)
Peggy-O reaches into the fantastic soundscape and takes on a dreamy story quality (same goes with Althea)
Cumberland has a very good pace here along with Big RxR Blues

of course no review can ignore the superior Lay me Down and Stella Blue, perhaps the two best cuts of these songs ever done by the GD.

UNFORTUNATELY Stella is CUT, BRUTALLY right where Jerry took off into the stratosphere which as we all know, did not happen very often with Stella.

With that caveat, if you have not heard this show, it is absolutely worth it. Good evidence for the uneven 80's producing some of the greatest work Jerry ever produced.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2010
Subject: 8-3-82
Well played. Nice upgrade from Charlie too. Could use a little more bass if you've no subwoofer but I ain't complaining.
Reviewer: IowaNic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2009
Subject: soggy and hot
God, it was hot and humid that day. Really great show. A full moon rose over the ivy-covered towers on either side of the Starlight, which was built way back when and is not one of these cookie-cutter, crappy-sounding sheds in the suburbs of every city in America.
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